August 2013 Issue

On the Cover

The Life and Death (and Life?) of the Party

After ruling the state for a century, Texas Democrats were gradually reduced to irrelevance. Is the reawakening at hand?



Capitol Gains

Politics can usually be described along the same lines as that old cliché about the weather: if you don’t like it, just wait five minutes and it’ll change. The will of the electorate is fickle, as constant in its attachment to any particular politician as to any particular variety of breakfast


No Strings Attached

After years as an in-demand fiddle payer, Amanda Shires is redefining herself as a boundary-breaking singer-songwriter. Emphasis on “writer.”

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in August

1.  Abbott FormingThe moment Rick Perry announced that he was not running for a fourth full term as governor, all eyes turned to Attorney General Greg Abbott, who instantly became the most powerful Republican in the state. The 55-year-old Wichita Falls native has long been viewed as a serious candidate


Explore the Archive

See all issues
Magazine Latest